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Helter Skelter Audiobook

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
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Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 10-19-13
    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2013

    34. Married. Cats. Lizards. Disney. Ghostbusters. TMNT. Rifftrax. 20,000 Leagues. Nail polish. Fibro sufferer. Likes bees. A lot.

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    "Helter Skelter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, definitely. The story itself is gripping and the performance is incredible. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes true crime, particularly the really weird variety.


    If you could give Helter Skelter a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "A story so weird you'll think there's no way it could really have happened. But it did." There's a reason I don't get to title books.


    Any additional comments?

    Frequently I'll feel like listening to a book, but my attention will be divided so I want a book I've listened to before. Helter Skelter is that book for me. Lately I've been listening to it for the third time while playing video games.

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    Diane United States 10-14-13
    Diane United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much detail"

    Listening to Helter Skelter was like trying to sip water from a fire hydrant. Too much of a good thing. The reader emerges from this book knowing absolutely everything there is to know about the Manson murders. I quit listening about 75% of the way through and I still feel like an expert on the subject. But the book would be more enjoyable – more of a "page-tuner" – if it had been less detailed and repetitive (especially less repetitive).

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    James 09-19-13
    James 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still As Scary As Ever!!!"

    I was just a youngster those many years ago when the Tate-LaBianca murder trial took place in which Charles Manson and his followers were tried and convicted for the hellacious murders that they carried out during the killing spree that had such a grip on the nation at the time.

    I only followed it from a distance, and of course all of the newspaper/magazine accounts of it during the day, plus followed up by numerous documentaries and movies made on the subject.

    This book is absolutely fascinating and that the author, Vincent Bugliosi, who was the prosecuting attorney during the trial, takes us on a fascinating journey, trying to help us understand the mindset of both Charles Manson and his group of young followers. He gives us good overview of Manson’s upbringing, but doesn't place much blame on those things. This was Manson, acting out acts of evil and having persuasive powers that created such a terror through the Los Angeles area, but shook the very nerve of the nation at the time.

    I highly recommend this book both for those who know the story, and those who don’t. Manson, and most of his group of followers, are still serving time with life sentences, but the Manson legacy continues to live on.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-16-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Wow, what a mess."

    I can't believe all the crap that has happened to fubar this case. But at least in the end the bad guys were punished and not set free. Makes me wonder if the court system had not screwed up so much, how much of this would have happened. Maybe it would have happened a different time, different people. Although I'm not naïve enough to believe this doesn't happen every day with our judicial system. This doesn't even bring up what the police and coroner did or didn't do. It is crazy to imagine people following a monster like Manson, the way his girls did and still some still follow this maniac. I enjoyed this book, but I had to split up the reading since it was so long. Sometimes the different names and alias would confuse me. I ended up doing a little online research to clearly see and envision what these people looked like. I can only imagine what horrors The Manson Family could have perpetrated if they hadn't have been caught. Wonder what Manson thinks of our nation having a black president. Narrator was good, clear and concise if not a little droll.

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    Theresa 08-25-13
    Theresa 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling, gut wrenching and thought provoking"
    What did you love best about Helter Skelter?

    It's hard to give a book about brutal murders 5 stars without clarifying that the stars are for the telling of the story and not due to an affinity for the content of the story itself. So with that out of the way...The storytelling is amazingly detailed and as such is sometimes very hard to listen to. Reading this story gave me insight about something that, although I thought I had known about for years, I never in any real sense understood. This book opened my eyes.Though a very long book it moved along and kept me interested. I found I could not stop listening until I absolutely had to.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to anything else by Scott Brick, but after listening to this book I would consider it a definite plus that he was the narrator on any other books I review for purchase.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That disenfranchised people without something good to believe in, often make very bad life choices.


    Any additional comments?

    When you listen to this book you will find yourself cursing the stupidity of the law enforcement and court system that allowed Charles Manson and his family to commit both the heinous crimes they are famous for, and also the undoubtedly numerous offenses for which they have never been tried.I am and always will be a supporter of the ideal of law enforcement and the officers that protect us from the evil in this world. But the absolute failure of some of the officers and other personnel involved in this investigation to perform their duties in this case is mind boggling and deeply disturbing.

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    Michael United States 07-24-13
    Michael United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Only in Real life!"

    This book is very suspenseful! Vincent Bugliosi gives you a first hand behind the scenes look at one of the weirdest and craziest true life murders in American history! Scott brick does a great job of maintaining a spookiness to this book. since the author was the chief prosecutor against the Manson family, you get a look into everything that happened in the investigation. Because of this, it can get a little dry. You are getting a very thorough story line. It did give my girlfriend nightmares for a few days, but that's what you get when something so heinous happens in real life. I enjoyed Helter Skelter and I know you will as well.

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    Cyndi HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 07-08-13
    Cyndi HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 07-08-13
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    "Really Long...But Great"
    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the most interesting books I've listened to so far. I knew some history of the Manson family, but this books really pulls you in and you get to know everyone involved in the family. You just can't imagine the horror those victims went through...and the details of what the Manson family did to them all was unbelievable. Really horrible story, but what an explanation of the events!


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    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 03-14-13
    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 03-14-13

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    "WOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to Helter Skelter the most enjoyable?

    I was in Junior High/High School when the trial was going on, was very interested in knowing what actually went on, since I just remember bits and pieces. (I DO remember Nixon saying what he said about Manson being guilty!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Helter Skelter?

    The trial was fascinating! I guess that's not ONE memorable moment, but cannot put my finger on ONE memorable moment.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It was very good, but since I've listened to Scott read this book, I cannot listen to him read any other book because I think of Helter Skelter!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by VIncent Bugliosi's dedication and work on this case! (And of course, I have to think so highly of his wife and family who did not see him throughout this trial!)


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    Carmen KENNESAW, GA, United States 03-04-13
    Carmen KENNESAW, GA, United States 03-04-13

    I'm a female in my early 30's. My favorite genre is fantasy, though I will sometimes venture outside of it for a good true crime book. I can't get enough reading, so Audible is perfect for me because then I don't have to put my book down to "work." (UGH)

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    "Be prepared to be completely creeped out!"
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this again! There was just so much information, I think it's almost necessary to read it again to catch everything. Also, repulsing as it is, the story is also incredibly fascinating. These crimes were behind my time. I was born 10 years after they took place. Still, I knew the story of the Manson "Family" from adolescence. It's just, for lack of a better word (and I hate being redundand) fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is nothing really to "like" about this story. What I can say that I liked about this book is that it goes deeper into the history, and it tells of many other murders believed to be committed by the "Family," other than the Hinman, Tate and LaBianca murders.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a very, very good job narrating this book. Never once did I get tired of hearing him speak, and he added a bit of spookiness to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course I had an extreme reaction! Anyone not having an extreme reaction to this book is twisted!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this a story all young, impressionable people should hear. Though it's horrifying and gruesome, it teaches a lesson. There are predators out there that we don't teach our children about. Some predators will use a young person's body for their own means, others will use their minds. Charles Manson brainwashed these children and used them as killing machines. There are many, many children out there with a void needing to be filled, and who knows when the next Manson will come along to fill it. I personally knew someone like this. He was not evil to the extent of Manson, but he surely had the charm and charisma to bend people's thinking his way.

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    Sarah Furlong St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 02-11-13
    Sarah Furlong St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A little disappointing"
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    The story didn't really meet my expectations - included too many frivolous details. Wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, either.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Just wasn't the right choice for the book - his voice almost kind of puts you to sleep..


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